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July 12, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new lung cancer drug made by Boehringer Ingelheim, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new lung cancer drug made by Boehringer Ingelheim, the agency said Friday.

The FDA announced the approval of Gilotrif (afatinib) for patients with non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and whose tumors include certain epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations. The drug works by blocking proteins that promote the development of cancer cells.